These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Louisville that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Louisville.
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Louisville’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Louisville.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Louisville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Louisville neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Louisville hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Bonnycastle ranks way above the rest.

We examined 65 of Louisville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Louisville’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Louisville according to data:

  1. Park Hill
  2. Soutland Park
  3. Russell
  4. California
  5. Parkland
  6. Portland
  7. Hazelwood
  8. Phoenix Hill
  9. Algonquin
  10. Shelby Park

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Louisville for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Park Hill looks to be the worst neighborhood in Louisville.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Louisville.

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How we determined the worst Louisville hoods in 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Louisville:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Louisville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Louisville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 65 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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Population: 3,196
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,288 (4th worst)
Median Income: $26,575 (13th worst)
More on Park Hill:  Data

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Population: 826
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $97,500 (27th worst)
Median Income: $24,981 (9th worst)
More on Soutland Park:  Data

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Population: 9,015
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $30,991 (1st worst)
Median Income: $19,483 (2nd worst)
More on Russell:  Data

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Population: 4,377
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $54,562 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,053 (1st worst)
More on California:  Data

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Population: 5,182
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $54,244 (5th worst)
Median Income: $28,638 (16th worst)
More on Parkland:  Data

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Population: 10,294
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $42,014 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,489 (8th worst)
More on Portland:  Data

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Population: 1,577
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $50,950 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,002 (31st worst)
More on Hazelwood:  Data

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Population: 4,384
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $68,680 (11th worst)
Median Income: $25,553 (10th worst)
More on Phoenix Hill:  Data

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Population: 7,253
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $61,436 (9th worst)
Median Income: $29,199 (20th worst)
More on Algonquin:  Data

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Population: 3,279
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $69,367 (13th worst)
Median Income: $21,226 (5th worst)
More on Shelby Park:  Data

The ‘hoods around Louisville that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Louisville with Park Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren’t all bad. Bonnycastle takes the cake as the best place to live in Louisville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Park Hill 3,196 $53,288 $26,575
2 Soutland Park 826 $97,500 $24,981
3 Russell 9,015 $30,991 $19,483
4 California 4,377 $54,562 $19,053
5 Parkland 5,182 $54,244 $28,638
6 Portland 10,294 $42,014 $23,489
7 Hazelwood 1,577 $50,950 $37,002
8 Phoenix Hill 4,384 $68,680 $25,553
9 Algonquin 7,253 $61,436 $29,199
10 Shelby Park 3,279 $69,367 $21,226
11 Chickasaw 4,653 $70,150 $29,756
12 Saint Joseph 2,971 $94,220 $33,892
13 Park Duvalle 4,085 $78,286 $29,169
14 Merriwether 1,119 $55,900 $36,212
15 Limerick 1,217 $96,725 $20,201
16 Shawnee 10,746 $65,400 $29,058
17 South Louisville 4,538 $71,433 $27,114
18 Prestonia 1,279 $106,200 $43,882
19 Jacobs 5,276 $55,400 $29,680
20 Wyandotte 3,836 $69,083 $30,394
21 Taylor Berry 6,822 $70,225 $35,044
22 Wilder Park 2,540 $99,233 $26,496
23 Camp Taylor 1,809 $90,500 $31,592
24 Hallmark 480 $95,500 $25,556
25 Smoketown Jackson 1,729 $75,550 $28,443
26 Iroquios Park 1,361 $141,650 $39,828
27 University 2,873 $128,800 $22,827
28 Edgewood 1,463 $93,150 $40,291
29 Old Louisville 9,925 $134,500 $21,439
30 Kenwood Hill 1,912 $119,075 $32,161
31 Irish Hill 1,266 $126,650 $40,137
32 Butchertown 815 $132,167 $43,542
33 Central Business District 2,346 $241,600 $19,753
34 Southside 5,741 $89,088 $36,516
35 Iroquois 4,592 $94,480 $41,255
36 Paristowne Point 348 $120,800 $37,024
37 Bashford Manor 4,818 $91,700 $29,019
38 Beechmont 7,523 $109,500 $38,693
39 Clifton 2,850 $143,650 $46,840
40 Clifton Heights 4,846 $110,033 $35,809
41 Poplar Level 1,545 $236,850 $77,490
42 Highlands 1,436 $162,200 $49,028
43 Schnitzelburg 4,212 $126,575 $46,990
44 Bowman 2,044 $235,350 $72,255
45 Bon Air 6,133 $133,900 $45,053
46 Cloverleaf 3,561 $127,667 $48,746
47 Tyler Park 2,655 $249,950 $65,081
48 Hikes Point 3,230 $176,633 $62,072
49 Germantown 3,671 $162,320 $46,243
50 Brownsboro Zorn 2,002 $232,067 $60,743
51 Klondike 5,376 $139,311 $49,502
52 Hawthorne 1,955 $191,275 $69,509
53 Audubon 6,308 $145,217 $52,499
54 Avondale Melbourne Heights 2,213 $161,900 $63,129
55 Gardiner Lane 962 $192,450 $65,416
56 Crescent Hill 7,574 $253,250 $63,224
57 Cherokee Seneca 1,515 $341,425 $91,280
58 Cherokee Gardens 913 $522,300 $128,611
59 Rock Creek Lexington Road 2,154 $270,450 $77,694
60 Cherokee Triangle 4,174 $286,720 $53,751
61 Deer Park 4,013 $233,240 $69,178
62 Belknap 4,550 $257,480 $82,708
63 Hayfield Dundee 2,322 $221,050 $70,454
64 Highlands Douglas 2,853 $350,100 $87,941
65 Bonnycastle 2,176 $421,400 $64,945

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